Reeve B. Waud

Founder & Managing Partner / Waud Capital Partners, LLC

Reeve Waud is the Founder and Managing Partner of Waud Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. He founded the firm 27 years ago and today the firm has approximately $3.1 billion of capital commitments. Over Mr. Waud’s thirty-three-year private equity career, he has acquired more than 290 companies in a variety of industries with a special focus on healthcare services and business and tech services. Today, Waud Capital’s portfolio companies have revenues of approximately $7 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. In addition, he has oversight and shares investment responsibility for an additional $15 billion of investments.

Prior to founding Waud Capital Partners, Mr. Waud was an investment professional at Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc. (GTCR), a private equity investment group based in Chicago. At GTCR, Mr. Waud had investment responsibility for a wide range of portfolio companies that were built through more than one hundred acquisitions.

Before joining GTCR, Mr. Waud was in the Corporate Finance Group of Salomon Brothers Inc and was a founding member of its Venture Capital Group.

Mr. Waud is the Chairman of Acadia Healthcare. He is a member of the Finance Committee of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and serves on the board of Northwestern Memorial Foundation. He serves on the board of the Economic Club of Chicago and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is a Trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago as well as serving as a member of the Finance Committee and Photography Committee. In addition, Mr. Waud is Chairman of the Illinois State Police Merit Board which has oversight responsibility for the State Police. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Waud holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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